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Running Quotes: Boston Bruins vs. LA Kings 2/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:55 P.M.

On where things went wrong tonight after a good first period…

No, first period was good actually. When I say good, we did a great job there. Just at the end we gave them a couple of goals, especially in that last 15 seconds there of our own doing, not getting the puck in deep and turning it over at the offensive blue line. Other than that, we were doing what we’re supposed to do and keeping the pace of the game and the execution good. But then in the third period, we give them a gift there on that third goal and then it just seemed like it deflated our team. They started coming at us and one goal after another, couldn’t seem to, I guess, get our footing after that. 

On if he has any concern for the team’s confidence after a game like this…

No, because the bottom line is a loss is a loss, whether it’s 2-1 or it’s 9-2. For us, it’s a loss. I think if anything it should create some anger and some determination to want to redeem yourself for an embarrassing loss. So I’m not concerned about the confidence of the guys. It does happen during the course of a season. You don’t like to see it, especially when it’s at home, but we’ll go on the road here for these next six games and hopefully understand the importance of each and every one of those games that we’re going to be playing.

On if the struggles against some of the better teams this season concern him…

Well, again, we keep going back to the past. We’re in a different situation right now, so we look at different things. Right now we’re looking to grow this team and get it better. We’re making a lot of sacrifices in a certain way by putting a lot of young players in at once and hoping that they’re going to grow with the rest of our hockey club. Sometimes you have to go through growing pains, and sometimes you look at your bench and say, ‘Well, I don’t really have all the experience I’d like to have to be able to counter some of these situations.’ But it’s not a big deal, it’s part of the, I guess, stage that we’re at right now with our team. We’re looking at it totally differently. Whether we measure ourselves up with a team or not, I think it’s about how we’re going to react moving forward here.

On if he feels every night that his lineup gives the team the best chance to win…

Why not? I don’t understand.

On putting a lot of young guys in the lineup…

I’ve got a lot of young guys, first-year players, whether it’s the first full year of [Joe] Morrow or Colin Miller and a [Zach] Trotman. It’s Spoons’ [Ryan Spooner] first year. [David] Pastrnak was in and out last year as well. We’ve got a lot of young players so we’ve got to deal with that. [Tyler] Randell is another one. You work with that kind of stuff. This is not excuses. This is reality. So let’s not make a big deal out of this loss. And you know, I think Tampa lost again tonight and you look at their lineup and you say, ‘Wow, we’re doing pretty good. We’re right there with them.’

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON

On what went wrong for the Bruins tonight after a good start…

Yeah, a lot of things went wrong actually, so it’s hard to really, standing here, name them all. But I think it started from those quick two goals, and then we kind of started playing on our heels and not playing the way we should. We’re not a man-on-man team in our zone. It seemed like that’s how we wanted to play today. We had no layers, especially in the slot, and how many rebound goals they got is, you guys probably know more than me.

On tonight being a measuring stick game…

A lot of work to be done. It’s one of those things where, we have 29 games left, and we knew we had some work to do, but we have, I guess, a lot of work to do. So, hopefully we have plenty of character in here to kind of realize that we’ve got to be much better, and work on things we saw today, and I think we all know in here what those things are. It happened a lot of times this year, where we really lacked focus, but tonight was that one, I guess it topped it all.

On how important the upcoming six-game road trip is…

It’s huge. Especially now, it’s huge. I mean it’s, we talked about it before even tonight’s game that the games coming up were really important, and now they’re paramount. It’s one of those things where, the breakdowns we had tonight need to be fixed ASAP, and we really need to have our heads up tomorrow and be back at it, because that’s the only way we can get out of this.

On how good the Kings are…

They’re a great team. I mean, let’s be honest, we were terrible tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA

On whether it felt like he was playing his own team a few years ago…

I feel like we got absolutely embarrassed, and obviously they played a really good game, but we had nowhere near the game that we needed to play and it was embarrassing.

On what he attributes that to…

There’s obviously things that is going to stay inside this locker room, but basically we need to be better. We need to perform better. You know, we had a few stretches like that we played well. We won some tight games and big games, and then we were facing some challenges or some teams that are on top of the league, and we didn’t obviously follow up with the performances that we had previous games and that’s, again, tonight’s case. So yeah, it was embarrassing.

On how they redeem themselves…

Well, for sure we’re going to, you know, obviously some meetings tomorrow, and, you know, we have to obviously put it behind us and get ready for the big road trip. But for sure we need to address the things that happened tonight and are happening with this hockey club. Every time we, like I said, we’re facing some challenges and some teams that are kind of on top of the league and we need to, you know, play better against the teams like that.

On whether there is a level of anger with the embarrassment…

Absolutely. You don’t see one guy who is not obviously mad or frustrated, but again, that frustration has to be taken obviously in the right way and use it towards some positives, and that’s what we have for each other in this locker room, so we have to hold each other accountable. But yeah, we’ve got to be better.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

On what he thinks went wrong…

I mean a lot went wrong. I think we played a solid first period. We played well and just gave up a late goal in the first, and then started out well in the second period and from then on when they scored the third goal we totally fell apart. We were just too loose all over the ice. Our coverage wasn’t good enough in front of our net, and they’re a good team and they used that to their advantage and scored goals.

On whether they use these Western Conference teams as a measuring stick and what this game says about how they measure up…

Well, I think it’s very disappointing. Like you said, we always use those teams as a measuring stick and so far we haven’t been able to answer or give it a test. We just haven’t performed well in those games. We just have to change and be a lot smarter, quicker, play with more energy and just be better as a whole.

On whether he thinks that can happen during this season…

Oh yeah. I mean it’s a mindset. You saw in the first period [we] played well. We just couldn’t keep it up over 60 minutes. I mean we lasted, how long, 22, 23 minutes and then we just went the other way from there, so we just have to pull ourselves together and start working on it tomorrow.

On the emotions with Milan Lucic coming back and whether he was surprised there wasn’t a better response…

I mean, we started out well, but then we just totally fell apart. We did have three … three posts I think in the first, so it could have gone the other way, but again, you can’t just fall apart the way we did and not respond. That’s disappointing, and again, tomorrow is another day and we have to start working on getting better and being more consistent.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI

On what he think went wrong tonight…

At the start I thought we played a decent first period…tough breaks. We’ve been practicing pretty much all week on protecting the net area in front of the net and it was a tough goal, their first goal, a power play but you know 30 seconds to go in the first we have to protect that. It’s the last minute and we didn’t do that and we’re coming back in here losing 2-1. And then they scored a third goal and after that it seems like we stopped playing. So it was just embarrassing today. 

On not being able to beat Western Conference teams…

You know this was tough, but I still believe we have a playoff team. Obviously we can’t really measure ourselves against LA tonight or the other night against Anaheim, you know. So we have a long road in front of us but I still believe we have a good playoff team and we can prove lots of people wrong. But we have to wake up here. As individuals we have to look ourselves in the mirror. And you know there’s a big road trip coming up. So we have six games and we’re playing some good playoff teams so we have to show that we can play against good playoff teams. 

On handling this tough loss as a leader on the team…

Yeah this is the biggest loss since I’ve been here and they way we lost, especially in the third and second period, it’s just unacceptable. You should go out there even if you’re losing 6-1 after the second period show some pride, you know, and try to fight and show fans that we respect them coming here. We don’t want to get booed in our building, you know. And we didn’t respond, so like I said it was embarrassing. 

On how he explains that the team just stopped playing…

I don’t; I don’t have an answer for that. It shouldn’t happen, you know. As a Bruins player there’s so much history here and when a game like that happens you get really ashamed of yourself. So it was a tough loss, it will be a tough night, but no one’s going to feel sorry for us. So we have a good challenge in front of ourselves, six games, and we’ll obviously take it one by one. But we have to wake up here and work tomorrow. And you know practice has been good, we just can’t bring it into the games. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TUUKKA RASK

On the puck deflecting off of him…

Yeah, we tried to make a play and lucky bounce goes in the net. That’s how the puck bounces sometimes.

On if that is kind of and indication of how the night went…

Not really. We played good in the first I thought, then they got those two quick ones and after that it was all them really. But you know, as a goalie I’ve had those nights this year, past years, when the puck’s not bouncing your way. We had a couple tough bounces today and all of a sudden it’s 9-2.

On not having much time to react to the third goal…

Looch [Milan Lucic] took a couple whacks at it and the puck was behind the net and all of a sudden I turned around and it was stuck in behind the camera there. I don’t know, can’t really do anything.

On how the team can redeem itself…

Well, try not to lose next game 9-2, I guess. We have a lot of work to do. It was bad, lose 9-2 at home, it’s pretty, pretty bad. But show up to work and try to fix things because it really is unacceptable and we have to show up to work.

On if he is more embarrassed or angry…

It’s embarrassing obviously, especially at home. And I think when you look at the way we’ve played this year and the way we’ve been, kind of taking steps forward and thought we fixed things, then you do something like this, so it is embarrassing and it is unacceptable. But it’s the reality and we can’t do anything about it now, we just have to move on and focus on the next one and show up to work. 

On the disparity in the team’s play against Western Conference teams…

Yeah, we talk about it before these games that they’re big games and good teams and big teams. We talk about how we should play against them and we pretty much do the opposite. You can tell that we haven’t been able to play against an Anaheim or LA for example. It’s something we have to get better at if we want to be an elite team.

On if Milan Lucic returning was any kind of distraction…

I don’t think so. I thought we were prepared to play. I thought we looked pretty good in the first. Obviously they had a lot of shots but we had some chances too and then all of a sudden they get those two goals really quickly at the end there and it kind of deflates us. We never recovered. But I don’t think it was a distraction. I think everybody, including the fans, was excited to see him play here.

On hitting three posts in the first period…

We did probably, yeah. I mean, it’s always post in, post out.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER

On having strong emotions after this game like anger and embarrassment…

You pretty much summed it up there – definitely pretty frustrating. 

On where it all went wrong for the team…

You know we had an okay first period. At the end of the first period there they got a couple that we should have stopped and then our response wasn’t good enough. 

On what happened on the third goal…

Yeah he rimmed it around and I went to cut the puck off and got a stick in behind me and it basically went right to their guy. So it was unfortunate. 

On if it was frustrating to him that that third goal is when the momentum shifted in the game…

Yeah I mean those can happen in games. I mean we didn’t have a good response after that as a team and you know sometimes it’s not going to go your way and we have to find ways to battle for that.

On making the right play on the first goal…

Like I said sometimes it’s part of the game that it happens like that and you have to find a way to battle back from that.

On what feeling he is left with after this game…

Like I said, pretty frustrated and obviously pretty upset. And a little bit embarrassed for sure. We need to go on our big road trip and find a way to respond. 

On big and strong Western Conference teams giving them trouble…

Yeah you know, I don’t even think it was really that they were big, strong, whatever it may be. I think it was more self-inflicted than that. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND

On the Bruins being embarrassed about tonight’s loss…

Yeah, it’s very clear it was an embarrassing game, and very frustrating. So, those games can’t happen.

On what went wrong tonight…

They just took over the whole game. We weren’t going in battles. We weren’t showing any emotion. We weren’t playing our system. We weren’t backing each other up. We just – we weren’t doing anything.

On how important the upcoming six-game road trip is…

They’re huge. With the way the race is right now, and how close everyone is, we know we’re going to be playing some tough teams, and we need to get some points. So, hopefully we can regroup and bounce back, and have a good road trip.

On how much anger there is after a 9-2 loss…

Everyone’s pissed off. I mean, anyone who has any kind of pride knows that this is embarrassing, and they should be pissed off about it. So, hopefully there’s a lot of that right now.

On if there was a distraction with Milan Lucic returning to Boston…

No. No, I don’t think so. I mean we had a good start, and we had a good first period. I don’t think that really played into anything. We got away from our game and never got back to it.

On it seeming like the team is turning a corner then they suffer a bad loss…

Yeah, it’s tough. Anytime you play well, and then take a step back, it’s frustrating and definitely something we have to improve on.

On having played tough against heavy teams like Washington but not tonight against the Kings…

Yeah, but every game’s different. Past experience, past games have nothing to do with a game like tonight.

On if tonight’s loss doesn’t mean anything once they get to practice tomorrow…

I mean, it’s something, because it was a brutal effort and it’s embarrassing. We have to learn from it, so it means something, but past games mean nothing about tonight.

On if tomorrow they will turn the page and prepare for the next game…

You can’t just turn the page on this one, it’s something that you have to learn from, and we’ll have to look at it, and know where we went wrong, and try and fix it.

LOS ANGELES KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 

On the goals scored tonight…

…Scored goals being close together. I think there were two in the first that were a minute apart, two in the second that were a minute apart and two in the third – some goals that don’t normally go in, funny goals. 

On Jonathan Quick having a lot of work early in the game…

I don’t think he had much work.

On his thoughts on the reaction Milan Lucic got from the fans in Boston…

I think it was special and unique, and, you know, he’s a Boston-type player, so the fans love him. And, he won a championship here. It doesn’t matter where that type of player is, that fits in with the crowd, is always well respected, always. 

On the tribute to Milan Lucic…

It was awesome. It was one of the best ones – probably one of the best ones I’ve seen. 

LOS ANGELES KINGS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC

On todays game

For our team especially, goals dont come too easy but I think today we were definitely committed to getting pucks on net, getting people at net. You know, you see all our goals tonight, they werent real top corner shots or anything like that, dangling through three guys. It was just getting pucks on net and finding those rebounds, and the team was committed to that all game long. I think thats why it was going in for us tonight. 

On if it took time for his emotions to settle and focus on the game

A little bit. You think about the reaction and the excitement from the crowd. The crowd was definitely great to me here tonight and I cant appreciate the fan support enough. So thanks to them for making this a special night for me individually, and thanks to my teammates for getting a big win for us here to start off this road trip. 

On what it felt like to see his highlight video and a standing ovation

It was pretty cool pretty cool that I got to experience that. Like I talked about this morning, a lot of special things happened to me here in Boston, from the management, to the coaches, to all my teammates that I had here over the last eight years. Especially the fans, they really helped me to become the player and the person that Ive become today. So to have that moment in that second TV timeout there was really special and it was definitely a pretty cool feeling.

On if his victory lap at the end of the game was planned

I didnt have it planned. A couple of teammates there told me to go out and do it. I just remembered being back in Calgary when Iggy [Jarome Iginla] did it, so felt like doing it. So like I said, now I can finally as much as I was looking forward to this game, Im glad its finally over so I can kind of stop thinking about it and just focus on the rest of the road trip and all those type of things.

On how important it was to start the road trip with a win like this

It was huge. Especially, we had some pretty hard practices after that last loss on Thursday against Anaheim where we didnt play our game at all. So we kind of got back to the bases, to Hockey 101 I guess, back to practicing the way that we needed to play. And like I said, the commitment of the guys to get the puck on the net and find those loose pucks around the net was there from start to finish. I think thats why we got rewarded the way that we did and it was nice to see the puck go in for us. 

On his thoughts about how the Bruins are doing right now

I think theyve done a lot better than what people have expected. I think a lot of people kind of wrote them off heading into this season. You can see that theyve still been plugging away all season long and theyre still in the playoff fight. Thirty big games left for them and you can see their key guys with Marshy [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Kretch [David Krejci] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] leading the way. You know, those are big core guys in why the Bruins have had success over the last five, six years. So its you dont wish anything bad upon anyone so its kind of good to see them having success and individual success. From what everyone expected them to be I think theyve definitely proved a lot of people wrong.

On if he feels the Kings have a heavy, basic team to win the cup”…

Yeah, I think thats the way the Kings have been built over the last five years. I think thats whats given them success in the playoffs, with winning two Stanley Cups. We pride ourselves on playing that heavy ground and pound, down low game. But also, we try to make quick plays out of the D-Zone and through the Neutral Zone so we can establish that O-Zone play. Its worked for us so far this season and weve got to continue getting our game to where we really want it to be in order to be successful in the playoffs.

On tonights tribute

Like I said, it was pretty cool from a player standpoint to experience that tonight. Surreal at times at the start there, but after you get yourself into the game physically youre able to kind of settle in and start focusing on what youve got to do.

On if his team wanted to help him get a goal

I think so. They were definitely trying to set me up to get a goal here tonight. Happy to get one here, where Ive scored a bunch of times before in my career. So like I said, just happy about the way we played as a team and everything we did here tonight.

On if he needed the closure from fans that he received tonight

Yeah, I think so. Its just, because of the timing of the trade and everything, I wasnt here, there was no big press conference or anything like that that you tend to see when trades happen. Its been a long time since Ive been back here. The last game was what, April 7? Im just guessing, against the Florida Panthers here last season. So yeah, I guess its kind of nice to have that closure and kind of get over, turn the page on that anticipation of this night coming. So now I can just focus on the rest of the season, and like I said, trying to be a contender again and I think we have a great opportunity here with the L.A. Kings.

On if it was awkward that the game turned into such a blowout against his former teammates

Youre here to win a game, you know. You win by one, you win by seven doesnt matter, a wins a win. So if it was 3-2 youre still happy about the win. So I guess you cant feel too bad, you come in here and, like I said, trying to get those bragging rights and have it over your former teammates. It was a full team effort from the net out and I was glad to get that win.

LOS ANGELES KINGS DEFENSMAN DREW DOUGHTY

On nine goals by nine different players…

Yeah, uh, I don’t think I’ve ever been with the Kings when they’ve got nine goals, so that’s a first. We’re happy about it; we’re used to winning games by one goal. It was fun, a lot of fun. So, I’m not used to that.

On it being a tight game in the first period…

Yeah, uh, you know they still had some good chances and Quicky [Jonathan Quick] had to come up with some big saves early, and eventually we started getting the bounces and that just kind of put them away.

On starting off the road trip with the big win…

It’s huge. We haven’t been playing well lately and we came on this road trip talking about it a lot; talking about how important this first game was and how important this road trip as a whole was. So, this was the right start and this is how we wanted it to happen, and now it’s on to the Islanders. 

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On the challenge the Kings will present…

Well, at this stage of the season, every game’s a tough game, so it’s just another team coming in to give us probably the same as we’ve had there in the last little while. We just have to prepare. I know we don’t see them often, so we have to prepare accordingly, and give our players enough information but not too much to be ready to play here. As you know, most of the time, you really look at your team and what it needs to do here, not so much the other team and what it’s going to do to you. 

On Ryan Spooner’s development…

Well, I’d say he’s one of those players that we’ve had to manage and last year, coming in, I used the term often – put him in a position where he can succeed and let him grow, and when he’s having a good game, you let him play, and when he was having some tough nights, then you shortened your bench a little bit and he got less ice time. But he’s grown through all of that. Today, as we speak, I think he’s a much better player. He’s improved a lot in the lot of years we’ve asked him to improve. So he’s been a reliable player for us from the time that David Krejci was out – for him coming in – and I thought doing a great job in that area. We’ve used him on the wing on our top lines because we’ve felt we needed some of that, I guess, high-end skill level, and he’s answered fairly well there. But where he is right now is probably the best place for him, is at center. So he’s been a good player, and he’s probably one of those examples where patience pays off with a guy like Ryan [Spooner]. There’s a lot of times where teams will give up on certain players, and we stuck with him, and he’s rewarding us right now. 

On whether there’s a timeline for defenseman Adam McQuaid…

No, not a definitive timeline. I think he’s getting better and better, and I think a lot of it will be about him feeling like he’s ready to go right now. So I think he’s improving a lot, with that extra skating that he’s doing and everything else, I think. I think my biggest concern with Adam [McQuaid] was the fact that he was out almost five weeks, I think. It’s like [David] Pastrnak – he was out five weeks. You see he’s just starting to come around now. So we want to make sure he’s well and ready to go because we’ve got some defensemen right now that are doing a decent job, so I don’t want to throw him in there too early. 

On whether Adam McQuaid might return during the team’s upcoming six-game road trip…

Could be. Could be. I think, again, it will depend – that’s what I mean by, we don’t have a timeline as far as that’s concerned. It could be on the road trip, and if he’s not ready, it won’t be. So we’ll see. 

On his thoughts on the reception Kings forward Milan Lucic will receive tonight… 

I don’t think he’ll get a bad reception at all. I think he’ll get a good reception. I mean, he came here as a 19-year-old, and was an important part of our hockey club for all the years he was here. And he’s been a good soldier – I use that term a lot – for us. He’s been a fun guy to coach. I’ve enjoyed my time with Looch [Milan Lucic], and I’ve gained a lot of respect for what he’s had to go through as a young player, and the role he’s had to play to adapting between his grit and obviously his performance offensively, and the statistics of goals and all that stuff. So those players have to tough roles to play, and sometimes, when you expect them to play that way for 82 games, it’s not realistic. And you know what I mean by playing a certain way. But he’s been a good soldier, and he’s been a player that’s been well-liked by his teammates. So there were some decisions to be made. We miss him, but we move on. 

On David Krejci’s performance since returning from injury…

Yeah, David Krejci’s having a good year, and when he came back, it took him a little while to get going, but he’s playing extremely well, and a big part of our hockey club. 

On the success of the power play this year… 

Well, I think the players that we have there have done a good job of – I think for the most part, we do spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. We’re not a team that keeps turning pucks over and going back over and over again. I hope I don’t jinx us for tonight. But we’ve done a good job of coming in and managing the puck, and for the most part, we’ve had some success. Lately, we’re a little bit cold on the finish part of it. We’re getting some chances, but we’re not scoring as many goals as we did, and that’s why we slipped a little bit there. 

On whether the Kings will be a tougher challenge tonight based on changes to the Bruins’ lineup over the last several months…

Not necessarily. And I say that because against Anaheim, it looked like it was. We didn’t play well at all. And our guys can be much better than they were. I think right now, we’ve showed in the last few games there that we’re capable of holding our own against some big players, and stuff like that. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue for us. Maybe we’re not as big as we used to be, but the pace of our game is a little bit better. So we’ve got to balance that out and take advantage of what we have done a little bit better, and it doesn’t matter. If the small guys – the Torey Krugs and the [Johnny] Gaudreaus and those guys – are capable of going into corners, anybody can go into corners and battle and come up with pucks. So there’s no issues there for me. 

On whether the prominence of smaller, skilled players succeeding in the NHL and the diminished role of fighting in the NHL has changed his approach to coaching…

Well, you always have to adapt to your lineup. When we had a big, strong team, we really enjoyed the battles along the wall, and grinding it out, and wearing other teams out. But right now, it’s not as much as it used to be, so right now, I would think the pace of the game is what we look for, and trust me – every team likes big players. Big players are always important. But it doesn’t mean – I think there needs to be a good blend of big players, but also those smaller, skilled players because they’re hard to defend against. You always hope you’re going to get that good blend of both of those guys, but for us and our situation, it’s been more about pace this year versus trying to grind it out against some of those big teams like the one we’re going to play today.  

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